JOSHUA “The Passion” Pacio may be one of the youngest strawweights in ONE Championship, but he possesses experience beyond his years, and looms as the promotion’s top contender in his division.
In January, the 22-year-old Filipino demolished Lan Ming Qiang in the first round of their co-main event clash at ONE: Global Superheroes. Pacio took some shots before taking down the Chinese sanda champion, and smoothly transitioned to submit his adversary via rear-naked choke.
Pacio, well-known for his wushu striking, demonstrated superb ground expertise, and made it look effortless. The Team Lakay standout is a quick study, and between his calm demeanor and overt politeness, he has all the makings of being the Philippines’ next martial arts superstar.
Pacio said he accomplished the submission victory to fulfill a pre-fight promise to his fans.
“I said I was going to submit him, and I did. That was the game plan all along. It is what I had worked on for two months before that bout. I wanted to prove to the world that our ground game is as capable as any,” said Pacio.
“At Team Lakay, we just like to help each other improve and get better. As a member of the team, that is all we could ever really hope for. When we learn something new, we make it a point to teach others what we know. This way, we rise as a team.”
Pacio said his opponent was a dangerous foe especially on his feet.
“I could feel his power. But this is martial arts, and you can never tell what will happen inside the cage. The best that you can do is to prepare for every situation, and deal with problems as they present themselves. For me, I saw my opening, took advantage of it, and the rest is history,” said Pacio.
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